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Fears of rising political violence in the US are heightened by the attack on Pelosi’s spouse.

Fears of rising political violence in the US are heightened by the attack on Pelosi’s spouse.

Fears of rising political violence in the US are heightened by the attack on Pelosi's spouse.

Fears of rising political violence in the US are heightened by the attack on Pelosi’s spouse.

Just weeks away from the pivotal midterm elections, the gory hammer attack on Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi, has raised new concerns about political violence in the United States.

The attack, which involved a person who reportedly went to the Democratic leader’s house intentionally looking for her, comes amid an alarming increase in threats and violent rhetoric directed at US lawmakers.

Numerous experts and watchers have cautioned against the risk of political violence as Americans get ready to cast their votes on November 8. Right-wing predictions of significant voting fraud and continuous allegations of election theft in 2020 have created a climate of intimidation and conspiracy during the election process.

 

According to reports, Paul Pelosi’s attacker published various far-right conspiracy theories on social media about the election as well as other topics including big tech and the Covid-19 pandemic.

Police said that a man named David DePape, 42, broke into Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco house and attacked her husband with a hammer before being taken into custody. A number of accusations against the suspect are currently pending, including attempted homicide and assault with a deadly weapon. After being brought to a local hospital, Pelosi was informed by the speaker’s office that he would likely recover completely.

According to CNN, the speaker, who was not in San Francisco at the time of the attack, seems to have been the objective of the attacker. According to reports, the guy barged into the residence while yelling, “Where is Nancy, where is Nancy?”

The attack was the most recent in a succession of instances where lawmakers, judges, and political candidates in America have received threats of violence.

A guy brandishing a gun was detained in June outside the residence of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh after making threats to kill him. A month later, Seattle police were called in response to a report of a man yelling racial epithets and death threats at the progressive congressman Pramila Jayapal from outside her home. A few days later, Lee Zeldin, a candidate for governor of New York, was attacked at a campaign rally by a guy brandishing a sharp object.

Regarding the attack on Pelosi’s husband, Jayapal commented on Twitter, writing, “My heart hurts for @SpeakerPelosi and Paul Pelosi, and for our entire country. This crime is horrifying. We are sending them and their family our prayers.

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